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[mid-air] /mɪdˈɛər/
any point in the air not contiguous with the earth or other solid surface:
to catch a ball in midair.
Origin of midair
First recorded in 1660-70; mid- + air1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Then, my duty done, I watched two fellows throw the lariat, and shoot the fly specks off Coonskin's hat in midair.

    On a Donkey's Hurricane Deck R. Pitcher Woodward
  • He moved to go to her, and found himself floating in midair.

    The Aliens Murray Leinster
  • But as it went Mayo clutched a davit pulley and swung in midair.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • Having gone as far as she dared, she dangled for ten seconds in midair.

    The Firebug Roy J. Snell
  • Almost at his feet something dropped from midair like a rocket, a bomb.

  • This, they said, was the cause of its collapsing in midair under the heavy strain.

British Dictionary definitions for midair


  1. some point above ground level, in the air
  2. (as modifier): a midair collision of aircraft
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Idioms and Phrases with midair


see under leave hanging
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